The George Eliot Fellowship


George Eliot Study Day

Sat 25 May 2024 10:00 am -4:00 pm
Members £40/£30, Non-members £45/£35
George Eliot Study Day

The theme for this year's study day is 'People who were important in George Eliot's life'.

The heritage centre will open at 9:30am to enable guests to have a drink before the talks begin and there will be a break for lunch after the second speaker.


Jane RobinsonJane Robinson - Barbara Bodichon

Jane is a Senior Associate of Somerville College, Oxford who specialises in social history through women's eyes. Jane has written 13 books and her latest book, Trailblazer is a biography of Barbara Bodichon, close friend of George Eliot and co-founder of Girton College.


Joanne ShattockJoanne Shattock - Margaret Oliphant & John Blackwood

Joanne is Emeritus Professor at the University of Leicester and a longstanding member and supporter of the Fellowship. Joanne has co-edited a major 25 volume edition of Margaret Oliphant and her knowledge of the Long Nineteenth Century makes her an ideal speaker on John Blackwood.


 Break for lunch

 Valerie FehlbaumValerie Fehlbaum - D'Albert Durade

Valerie is an Oxford graduate who lectured at the University of Geneva. Valerie organised a bicentenary conference in Geneva  for the Fellowship in 2018. Her knowledge of Geneva and love of George Eliot will give us a wonderful insight into D'Albert Durade.


 John BurtonJohn Burton - The Brays & Hennells

John has been chairman of the Fellowship since 2006. He is hoping to publish later this year an edited selection of the Journal of Alison Evans, great-niece of George Eliot. John's paper will outline some of the influences on Mary Ann Evans from Charles and Cara Bray.





George Eliot Walk

Sun 26 May 2024 2:00 pm -4:00 pm
George Eliot Walk

Enjoy a guided tour around the parts of Nuneaton depicted in George Eliot's Janet's Repentance.

The tour will start by the George Eliot Obelisk in the George Eliot Memorial Gardens.  Spaces on the tour are limited to 24 and there will be selected readings and a souvenir printed guide.



George Eliot Country Tour

Mon 27 May 2024 11:00 am -6:00 pm
£40 members, £45 non members
George Eliot Country Tour

The tour starts at Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre which will be open from 10.30am for coffee, registration and an introduction to the day. Full details of times and itinerary will be sent to all who book places. There will be expert guides on the coach and with the party at all times and our guide at Arbury is an expert on the links between the hall and George Eliot.

We are as flexible as we can be, but there are a few fixed points in the day. We visit Chilvers Coton churchyard to see family graves and we then have to be at Arbury Hall for 12.30pm so that our tour is the first of the day. There will be a fixed time to leave Arbury Hall and visit South Farm, where George Eliot was born. You can only see this building on one of our tours. From there we go to Astley church and then to Griff House, where she lived from infancy to adulthood before moving to Coventry in 1841.



Nuneaton Wreathlaying

Sun 23 Jun 2024 3:00 pm -5:00 pm

Guest of honour - David Paterson

David is a firm friend of the Fellowship and has been a regular speaker at events, where he links his knowledge as a professional historian to his love of George Eliot and produces new insights and new information on the local area and George Eliot’s place in it.

wreathsWe invite up to 20 or so groups with a George Eliot connection (such as the hospital and several schools), the Mayor and a representative of WCC to lay wreaths in honour of the world-famous writer who grew up here.

Refreshments are then served in the Museum Tea Room. Everyone is invited and there is no charge!

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